Heart Stops, Memories Flow: A Peek into the Dying Brain
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When your heart stops are you dead? A groundbreaking study of 567 patients receiving CPR has shown their brains are active for up to an hour after the heart stops.
The researchers interviewed the CPR survivors. Some reported remembering every detail of their life. Interestingly, these memories appeared to people as a “purposeful moral evaluation” of their life.
The scientists have a theory about why this happens. Usually, our brain has a kind of “brake” that keeps many of its activities hidden from our conscious mind. This “brake” helps us live our daily lives without getting overwhelmed by too much information.
But, when someone is close to dying, this “brake” might be released allowing people to experience all their past memories.
Dr. Parnia said, “We don’t know the evolutionary benefit of this, but it seems to prepare people for their transition from life into death.”
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